The Q&A Archives: Where Can I Buy Seeds (or Plants) For Persian Cucumbers?

Question: The local grocery stores carry a cucumber they call Persian cucumbers. The cucumbers average 4 or 5 inches in length and are usually light green. The Persian cucumbers are the best and because they are very expensive to buy I would like to grow them in my garden. None of the nurseries around here, nor your catalog or web site, have ever heard of Persian cucumbers. Any ideas?

Answer: The cucumbers you describe are listed as "Armenian" cucumbers. Botanically they're Cucumis melo rather than the standard Cucumis sativus (garden cucumber). The fruits of the "Armenian" type are cucumber-shaped, light green in color and very mild in flavor. Seeds are available through Territorial Seed Company (

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